marute

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I'd say build #2 for the intel processor. In general they are better for gaming, and the i5 3450 is a very nice choise for a non-overclock build.

However, for a gaming system I would choose another GPU. The 550TI is a bit old and not too powerful. Either go with a 650TI or a HD7850, the latter being the more powerful of the two and one of the best value purchases you can make at the moment. What resolution will you be gaming on? 1GB of memory is cheaper but I think you won't regret getting a GPU with 2GB. :)
 

AlexYost

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What's the reasoning behind this because I don't really understand anything about CPU's but I know about everything else.

In other words, why is a Hexacore Processor not as good as a QuadCore Processor? :)
 



For gaming get this :

http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/u5OL

Much better gpu, 8GB 1600 mhz, 1TB a good psu that will do for the system.
The 550 ti is not good for 1080p gaming, the 7850 is a good card for that.
 

marute

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The thing is that games of today won't really benefit from having 6 cores on a processor. If you imagie the GHz of the processor being the speed limit of a freeway, then the amount of cores are the amount of lanes on said freeway. Your game is a massive truck. It won't use 6 lanes; it'll use 2 and perhaps 4 but definitely not 6. Therefore, having a 6 core CPU will not improve game performance. Does that make sense? :p

And I'd still recommend getting a 2GB GPU, especially when you are using a 1920x100 monitor.
 

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Thanks for the explanation. Really helped me to understand it :)